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Calandras Italian Village
Calandras Italian Village

Calandras Italian Village Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://calandrasitalianvillage.com/flash/ilvecchio/cafe.html
  • Phone: (973) 226-8889 x1
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 10:00pm;

    Bar Menu: Monday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday: 11:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Sergio Maestoso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: You can enjoy many of our specialty dishes off site at your private event or small gathering in your own home. We offer full and half trays at reasonable prices.
  • Private Party Facilities: Calandras Italian Village offers a small private dining room that holds up to 30 people. We also offer afternoon parties from 75 - 175 people in our dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Thea Stack (973) 226-8889 x1
  • Entertainment: Music on the Patio (weather permitting) or in LaTaverna Thursday, Friday and Saturday night live music from the 50s, 60s,70s & 80s. Outside Bar & Patio open for the summer.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bloomfield Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Calandras Italian Village
The Calandra Family welcomes you to "Calandras Italian Village". The Calandras passion for their Italian heritage and the importance of family values and traditions is evident throughout the "Villaggio Italiano.” Experience the old world atmosphere with European charm. Calandras il Vecchio Café where you and your family can enjoy homemade pastas, panini sandwiches, burgers, entrees and salads as well as pizza, flatbreads and calzones made with natural whole grain ingredients on our stone deck wood burning oven. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "It's just GREAT Food and a nice spot for just enjoying a nice evening after a ruff work week !!!'"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Recently we had dinner with good friends on a Friday night, 4 adults, 2 children. We had a reservation and we were seated promptly. Our waiter, Joe, was pleasant and helpful. We ordered 2 pizzas and they were hot and fresh. The deserts were also excellent. We will absolutely be back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "First time customers. Wonderful experience! We were seated quickly (they take reservations). Service was attentive & food excellent! Meatballs, although the best I have had is some time, were served lukewarm. Try the desert or take something home. Next to the restaurant is an array of Italian specialty shops including a bakery! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "busy lunch time in the restaurant; bar area not busy. We sat in bar area. Waitress was very lax, disinterested, distracted and slow. Kept us waiting to get menus, to order and to follow up during the meal. She was NOT very busy. She would fly by with a "how are u doing ladies?" not waiting to get a response... I would not sit in her section again, if we decided to return. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The food was pasta dishes were delicious, as the pasta was freshly made and tasty. The fish was nicely done, but the broccoli rob needed seasoning. Unfortunately the service was very poor. We were initially offered cheese with the bread, but not explained that it was for use with the meal. When the meal arrived we had difficulty finding someone to give us cheese, and it was not the grated cheese that was first offered. The waiter was difficult to locate. We used open table and the reservation clearly stated we were celebrating a birthday, but no effort was made to help us celebrate. I would not return for dinner again."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is quite large, with high ceilings and well lit. It is quite loud, so not the choice for a romantic evening. It is, however, great if you are there specifically to eat, and eat a lot! They do provide huge portions and the food is very good. Service is ok - the room is so large, our server was all over the place, but she was working very hard and trying to be attentive, so I can't complain. They also fill the wine glasses up - not skimpy at all. The prices are high, and the portions reflect that. I saw the chef taking a picture of one of his creations, so I think there is some pride there. I was amazed how beautiful some of the platters looked coming out of the kitchen! Make reservations!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "As is always the case when I come to a Calandra's restaurant, I get their awesome Pasta Fagioli soup. Wow, just incredible! Also tried one of their chicken panini sandwiches and that was really good as well, despite the fact that I could only finish half and it wasn't as good when I heated it up the next day. But as I said it was still a high quality sandwich. My fiance had the egglant rolatini, which was good but something that I rarely order out. We would definitely come back."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Overall experience was well worth the trip . Excellent food awesome wait staff. My only negative would be the price of the appetizers was not consistent with the quantity nor quality of them. Much more expensive than other restaurant appetizers of similar quality. Also alcohol prices on the higher end. Their own blend wine is $3.00 cheaper in their store than on their menu ??? Certainly not a reason why I wouldn't return but just puzzling... I highly recommend this place!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed our lunch and the service was excellent by our waiter Joe. It all started with the hot bread with olive oil and the cheese. So Good!!!! The rice balls were a nice touch before our main dish arrived. My good friends loved their chicken sandwiches. I had the lasagna which I didn't like. It had to much onions, red peppers and peas in it What a shame, since last time I loved it!!!! We will be back."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We love going to dinner here. The food and service is great and they are very accommodating to our 14 month old son."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We are regulars at Calandra's, and we love it. A friend of ours was performing in the taverna, so we went to see the performance. We got a table facing the band because they knew why we were there. After dinner we were left alone and could've sat there all night if we wanted to. What a great evening."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We had a very good meal and the wait staff was good. A little noisy but otherwise very good"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Calandra's is not too far from home, so we eat here often. The food is dependably very tasty, served hot, and their bread, grated cheese and olive oil served at every table is extraordinary. They have their own vineyards in Italy, so their wines are very good and unique to them. Before or after you have enjoyed your meal, you can visit their amazing bakery, market, gelato bar (crepes are made too), delicatessen and wine store."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "We absolutely loved our dining experience. Immediately fell in love with the size, decor and ambiance of the whole Italian village experience, will certainly be returning."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Our waiter took excellent care of the 4 of us, and all food arrived attractively presented, hot and delicious. We had glasses of Calandra's wines, with 3 different wines tasted. All were excellent."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I recommended this restaurant to my cousins Fir our next cousins family reunion. My aunt 2 cousins And myself meet fir lunch to see if it would pass Our educated (picky) palettes . It passes with Flying colors and the reunion was booked on The spot. Our waiter Mike was also very entertaining."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Dinner at Il Vecchio Cafe followed by picking up a few take-home bakery items next door - how can you beat it? Sure, you can probably find smaller places with more complex dishes. But if what you're looking for is good, old-fashioned northern Italian comfort food, this is the place. Then pop next door for some gelato or grab some cannolis for a midnight snack. Everything in this place is other-worldly good. And some of the most pleasant wait staff on the planet - consistently great service."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Main Food was Great, My side of "homemade" fries were burned, asked for replacement, never came, HOWEVER, THE MANAGER WAS GREAT AND WAS QUICK TO REMEDY THE SITUATION, my server was not to be found, the restaurant does need to correct a few items to retain the "Calandra" reputation"
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "very good food and service was fast , been buying calandras bread and pastries for many years with the addition of the village it's extra bonus ."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "I wanted to treat my Italian food loving boyfriend to a nice birthday dinner - we ended up at Calandra's Restaurant. We are big fans of Calandra's baked goods, but have never tried their restaurants until now. We went to the Caldwell location. Although the noise level was intense (not very cozy, but seemed to be popular for large gatherings), the wine and food were fantastic. I couldn't believe how piping hot my dish was when it was served! The flavors were great too. We enjoyed walking through the Village after dinner. We are certainly looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "Every time I visit any Calandras restaurants the food is consistently good"
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "Friendly, convivial setting. Great mix of indoor and outdoor space. Wait staff were pleasant and patient, despite one couple in our party of six being late. Entrées have become rather boring. Chopped lettuce in salad had rusty edges, and the veal milanese was so overcooked that they should have served it with a hacksaw. It was extremely flavorful nonetheless. Food was quite below par from previous visits. No pork items on the menu other than sausage. Bread of course remains outstanding. Menus at Calandra's two other restaurants are more creative."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "3 out of our 4 meals were great. The pasta dish, Fish dish and the salad entre were very good. I had the Pork special. It was over cooked and dried out. Oh well, 3 out of 4 was pretty good. I would definitely go back and give it another"
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Great menu something for every one from pizza to great dinners."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Tasty Italian food. Great amrketplace to browse through after your meal. You'll want to take home some fo their delicious bread or gourmet italian delicacies."
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "Good food if you want italian....pizza, bread delicious"
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "I decided to book Calandra's for Mother's Day because the pricing seemed reasonable & the menu seemed appealing to the family members who would be joining me. However, when we arrived there was a ""Mother's Day Menu" which was a lot pricier than there other menu. I wasn't aware of this. Also, we were seated in a bar area room that seemed to be set up specifically for Mother's Day. Folding tables & folding chairs were used. The tables were fine because they were covered with tablecloths. However, I did not like sitting on a folding chair, nor did I like my Mother & guests sitting on folding chairs."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "I have been going to the Callandra's restaurants for years. The Mediterranean Grill and Cucina Callandra's are highly recommended. Stay far away from Italian Village. Noise unacceptably load from kids running around dining area. 2 of 3 dishes missing half the ingredients. Manager was to find out why but never came back. Waitress horrible. 15 minutes to get drinks. Order delivered by someone else and she never came back to see how everything was. My veal dish was too salty. Can make better at home. Wife had special salad but half ingredients were missing and she was left with lettuce, chicken, and strawberries. Wanted to order dessert but too frustrated so paid and left. Will not return to this one."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "When we got there, there was a kids party in the main dining room and the hostess gave us the option to eat in the tavern, which I appreciated it more than I can say. The hostess was warm and friendly, the service was fantastic and the food was terrific."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "The food and service is outstanding. But the ambiance feels like you're in a cafeteria. The ceilings are really high and the sound bounces off all of the walls so if you want ambiance sit in La Taverna which has the same menu."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "We have eaten here several times, and this visit was no different than the others! We love coming here. Always great food, great service, and a great atmosphere! Its an excellent value, and everyone is so friendly! I would definitely recommend to anyone!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "Outstanding! I can not wait to return.Bakery food was delicious."
    Dined on 4/5/2013
  • "For the type of casual dining this restaurant represents, the wait service is pretty darned good!"
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "Took some friends and they were impressed enough to want to go back next time they visit"
    Dined on 12/8/2012
  • "The location was fine, service poor only by young kids, prices for food were middle ground, food was cafeteria quality, all food came out at different times for six people to wait for the food to be cold was unfortunate This is our second chance here. I would take a pass"
    Dined on 11/9/2012
  • "The food and service was excellent. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 10/28/2012
  • "Love that place! Bakery is amazing....you can take out food from deli, bakery or prepared meals in refrig section. A must visit place!"
    Dined on 9/22/2012
  • "We had a Sunday lunch at Calandra's Italian Village. The food was good but way overpriced. The calamari fritti was excellent - tender, not rubbery. The soups also were good. The salads and pizza were nothing special. We had an excellent waiter who was very friendly. I'm not inclined to venture back. The food just does not justify the prices."
    Dined on 6/24/2012
  • "The food was as good as the legendary bread, and we will be back!"
    Dined on 4/14/2012
  • "There were 6 of us for dinner with 2 children in the group. We were very disappointed in this restaurant. We'd been there a year ago & found the prices had gone up significantly; the food was okay, not great, and the wine was awful! We first ordered a bottle of Chianti; the waiter poured all the glasses before letting someone taste it. It had no body whatsoever! The waiter then let us try a Cabernet & we had the same result! We kept the Chianti but it was not a quality wine. Tasted like strong grape juice. Very disappointing dinner experience."
    Dined on 5/12/2012